Laptops for college students are not just used for completing college tasks and case studies. Students also use it for web browsing, watching movies, playing games, and much more. The features that will be most important in the laptop for you are mobility, performance, battery life, video storage, and screen size. The important thing to consider when shopping for a new college laptop is how you will use it now and in the future. According to future rapidly advance technology it’s a good idea to consider a laptop that can handle new applications and programs which can be referred to as future-proofing. You need to select a laptop according to your requirements for your classes. You also need to think about the field in which you are interested in the future before purchasing a laptop. Hopefully, we’ll be able to simplify things through this quick guide.
There are some factors to discuss before buying a laptop:)
- Budget to buy a laptop
- Operating System
- Ram & Processor
- Hard Drive
- Screen & Size
- Graphics Card
Budget to Buy a Laptop:)
There are different types of laptops in the market with different specifications and features. The laptop’s pricing starts from 300$ to onward. It’s impossible for me to say about which laptop you are going to buy because it’s based on your laptop feature list and on your money spending. My article will surely help you to decide one among laptop categories and types.
Windows 10 is the leading operating system these days. You may find it pre-installed in almost 75% of laptops. It’s very easy to use and easily manageable. You can install any software which is related to your college workout or else, and also able to watch movies and play games. Depending on what you’re studying, there might be specific software that requires such as Mac OS or Linux.
That’s the thing that needs to be considered. For example, if you have a software package that just runs on a Mac, you won’t be able to run it on a Windows laptop. However, a MacBook or a MacBook Pro is too expensive and everyone will not able to purchase. Laptops also running on Linux which might be more affordable than ones that come with Windows pre-installed. This might save your money, but if you are interested to run windows then you’ll need to spend a bit more to get a copy of Windows.
Processor & Ram:)
Before getting start we need to know about the Processor?
“Processor (computing) Central processing unit (CPU), the hardware within a computer that executes a program. Microprocessor, a central processing unit contained on a single integrated circuit (IC) Application-specific instruction set processor (ASIP), a component used in the system-on-a-chip design.” By Wiki.
Most Laptops coming with Intel and AMD processors. It’s really difficult to choose the right one for your college or future profession among these. If you want to use your laptop just for college assignments, games, and software, then an Intel Core i3 or AMD A-series A6 or AMD A8 processor will sufficient for your usage. For those students who run heavy programming or graphics intensive software, they must need to spend more on laptops running Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7, or AMD A10 processors.
Before going down must know about the RAM?
“Random-access memory (or simply RAM) is the memory or information storage in a computer that is used to store running programs and data for the programs. Data (information) in the RAM can be read and written quickly in any order. Normally, the random access memory is in the form of computer chips.” By Wiki.
Most laptops that are coming nowadays are with 4GB of RAM, which is great if you want to perform daily tasks like using Microsoft Office, a bit browsing, and watching movies. If you want to run more programs on your laptop then you need to spend just a little more, you might find options with 8GB of RAM. More RAM means multitasking between heavy software becomes easier.
A computer that has 4GB of RAM means it has approx 4 billion bytes of memory for programs to use. But with more RAM your programs will not run super-fast, only you can able to run more programs at the same time. If you have 4GB of RAM and are running an intense software that needs 6GB of RAM, then adding more RAM will be helpful as it gives your software more memory to work with. But if you have 4GB of RAM and your software only uses 2GB, adding more RAM won’t make it run your laptop faster but it will let you run more software easily.
If you’re going to buy a new laptop, you should future proof it and buy as much RAM as you can comfortably afford. 4GB of RAM has been standard now but mainstream laptops move on to 8GB territory. Higher-end laptops and gaming PC’s are now coming with 16GB of RAM.
As a college student, you have a lot to store in your drive. There are documents, presentations, tutorials, photos, and much more. Most of the laptops are coming with hard drives with a capacity of 500 GB to 2TB and above. A 500GB hard drive is too much for all the software you’ll need to install, but if you want to install games and store movies, you’ll need something higher. If you’re on a budget and settling for a 500GB drive, don’t scare. You can either buy an external hard drive at a later point with higher storage capacities and enjoy the moments.
Screen & Size:)
For which screen size you are looking for. 14″ is usually the smallest that’s still comfortable to carry on while a screen larger than 15.6″ will probably be too large to difficult to carry with you on a daily basis.
If you have Windows 8, then get a touchscreen. Windows 8 is very difficult to use without a touchscreen. Windows 10 is better in this case, but touchscreens are still nice to have.
Laptops of today are coming with two types of graphics solutions – integrated and discrete. The integrated ones are typically slower and medium in performance while the discrete ones are more geared towards performance. If you just want to play basic games, want to do browsing, and want to fulfill small tasks then a laptop with an integrated graphics card is perfectly fine for you. Discrete graphic card solutions on laptops are mostly powered by AMD or NVIDIA. AMD cards are called Radeon, while NVIDIA cards are called GeForce.
Laptop GPUs (graphics processing unit) come with dedicated graphics memory. They help them to handle graphic intensive software and games. If you are interested to study a 3D or computer graphics course, a discrete graphics card is essential. Of course, the other benefit is being able to play high-end games on your college laptop.
The Battery of a laptop is as important as the processor and RAM. As a college student, you might need to carry your laptop to your college and need to carry it back home. You might not always get a chance to charge it at your college. A good capacity battery can support you till the end hour. One easy way to find out the best capacity of the laptop’s battery is by looking at the rating of battery cells. It’s usually marked as a 3-cell battery, 6-cell battery, or 9-cell battery. You can usually find this information on the retail store or on the website of the manufacturer.
After choosing the perfect hardware specifications for a college laptop, there are some other elements that can’t be ignored, which are design, size, weight, and display size. If you are going to carry your laptop daily to your college and back, you must look for a lightweight laptop. If you stay in a hostel, and it’s a full-time machine you’re using, large screen size is recommended. It’s also useful for watching movies, playing games with your friends, reading notes and creating presentations. Always choose the device which is easy to carry with you and at the time of travel.